What Writers Around The World Have
To Say About Working with Edward Pomerantz On Their Screenplays
"EDDIE POMERANTZ is the MAC DADDY of screenwriting
New York City
"Working with Ed is a great experience. He searches
deeply to help you create a story with human complexity. He's an
Velasco, Mexico City
"Eddie has a deep and instinctive understanding of
the emotional routemap of a story. He was able to unravel some difficult
issues in my screenplay and showed me a number of possible solutions
without ever seeking to impose. He's an expert."
Richard Crawford, Belfast, Ireland
"Eddie doesn't just teach, he inspires. You leave
his class and you just want to ignore all your friends and meals and
daily chores and lock yourself in your room with your screenplay so
that nothing can disrupt the beam of inspired artistic energy that Eddie
generates from his mouth to your pen."
Rebecca Markowitz, New York City
"Working on my screenplay with Eddie was like
walking into a creative whirlwind; hidden threads were pulled up,
undeveloped plot gold discovered. Eddie approaches dramatic art with a
humane passion and the fiercest intelligence. Fortunately, for his
students, it's infectious. Not only was I left with a rejuvenated
screenplay, but also a greater understanding of why it is I write."
Andrew Ubogu, Cornwall, England
"When I first met Eddie I was an actor simply
hoping to write. I had started several projects, but around page 30, my
stories would lose their steam and I would be lost. To my pleasant
surprise, just a few weeks into Eddie's class, I had my first finished
draft. What helped me was Eddie's unique approach to
screenwriting. He doesn't focus on "technique" in the traditional sense.
He does not use words such as "plot-point" or
"motivation" or "hooks." Instead, he urges storytellers to make
choices that make sense for the character in the moment. The story moves
forward and deepens seemingly effortlessly. I discovered that by
following a character's "next logical move," the story found its way of
telling itself. The "arc" and all the "plot-points" fell perfectly into
place. What I love most about Eddie is his generosity of spirit, his
passion for and commitment to his students. Each week he enters the
class bursting with all the realizations he's had about our stories,
pulling out a newspaper article that will help one writer, or a DVD that
will inspire another. Teaching is far from just a "job" for him."
Ross, New York City
"Working with Eddie helped me excavate the core
meaning of my story and ultimately create a moving and powerful draft of
Gene Ashe, New York City
"Eddie's a rejuvenator. He breathes
life into your work, walking through it with you beat by beat. He leads you to the pulse of your piece.
His passion is total. As is his commitment. When you have Eddie on
board the confusion stops and the sculpting begins."
Colin McLaren, Glasgow, Scotland
"My experience working with Eddie Pomerantz was
both life changing and career defining. Eddie not only taught me the
fundamentals of screenwriting but the power of storytelling. He taught
me to build the tension, not to be afraid to go all the way, and to keep
my dialogue concise and powerful.
Eddie is a master storyteller and the most passionate and honest
mentor I've had in my 12-year filmmaking career."
Michael Baez, Los
"Working with Eddie Pomerantz has opened up my
creative vision and writing abilities to levels I never imagined. His
passion for great stories and characters consistently motivates me to
work through the tough times and make breakthroughs in my scripts that I
could never have made without his wisdom and experience."
Marquis Smalls, New York City
"Working with Eddie is an invigorating and
stimulating experience. Unexpected ideas come flying, opening up new
vistas, yet always accompanied by his respect and perception of the
Charlotte Trench, Paris, France
"I met Edward Pomerantz in Oaxaca, Mexico, at a
screenwriting lab. He had read my script, looked me in the eyes, and
told me he had lots of questions. I was scared. At our first working
meeting I was surprised at the in-depth knowledge he had of my script.
He was able to talk about the characters, the situations, the storyline,
the atmosphere, as if he himself were the author. He sang the praises of
all the good points and went straight on to fire questions, reflections,
comments that brought out the weak points. Then we were both left
thinking, and the next meeting Eddie didn't only have questions, but
rather proposals for work, suggestions made with delicacy, with care,
almost with a fear of invading. His words, as well as being passionate,
were simple, clear, sharp, pointed, tough. I left Mexico with a sense of
urgency, with a profound wish to sit down and work, to make the most of
all I had heard and learned about movies, about scripts, about my story,
about myself. I'll never forget it."
Pablo Solarz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Eddie is one of those rare teachers who
understands (and adores) the creative process.
By his example foremost, he encourages and challenges us to
become more honest writers. Eddie demands that we know our characters
fully, that we tell our stories bravely, that we commit to our scripts
deeply. Simply put, Eddie has taught me the art of truly original
Taiye Tuakli-Wosornu, New York City
"Edward Pomerantz was the perfect guide to help me
with my screenplay. Whether he was quoting Ted Williams,
enthusiastically portraying the characters I had written or telling
hilarious anecdotes about his career, Eddie always knew exactly what to
say to provide the inspiration and motivation to keep me working."
Jacob Kaufman, Kanagawa, Japan
"Edward Pomerantz's talent as a writer and his
knowledge in the art of screenwriting interact with his passion for
teaching. His excitement in helping people in their quest to become
screenwriters is contagious and a great source of inspiration."
Hristo Hristov, New York City
"What you get out of working with Edward Pomerantz
is keeping your story's heart so that it's not
Alan Duff, Havelock North, New Zealand
"When I joined Eddie's workshop, I was not prepared
for the journey I was about to take. This may sound corny, but I see Eddie's workshop as
a boxing ring. He takes on your story scene by scene and squeezes every
image, every emotion, every character's flavor out of you. Often he
gives you an unexpected upper cut and knocks the wind out of you with
his brilliant ideas. Just when you think it's over, he jumps back in and
makes you reach deep into places in your heart and mind you didn't even
know you had. The prize is a well told story and a room full of very
proud writers. He is selfless, passionate, dedicated, and devoted to his
craft and his students. I admire and respect him immensely."
Lillian Santos, New York City
"Without Eddie Pomerantz, I would never have written
my film script. It was Eddie's creative and supportive mentoring that
helped me refine and complete the story until it was ready to sell."
Ingeborg Lichtenberg, Johannesburg, South Africa